DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Davao Bureau) – The Philippines’ Supreme Court will vote on July 4 on the petitions challenging the factual basis of President Duterte’s Martial Law Declaration for Mindanao.
But sources close to Duterte tell The Adobo Chronicles that the President has decided to lift the Mindanao Martial Law on July 3, practically preempting the high court’s expected ruling and rendering its decision moot and academic.
However, the same sources say that Duterte is planning to declare a new Martial Law in the Visayas and Mindanao on July 4. It will be in effect for 60 days.
The new declaration will have no effect on the current petitions filed before the Supreme Court. Rather, it will reset the entire constitutional process which includes Duterte reporting to Congress within 48 hours after the new declaration and Congress deciding to vote for or against it.
Petitioners opposed to the new declaration will have to file a new complaint before the Supreme Court and the high tribunal will have 30 days from the date of the filing of the petition to issue its ruling.
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